You can control the size and layout of your Print Edition using Print Settings, available from Vellum’s File menu:
- Trim Size
- Additional Controls
- Page Count
Selecting the Print Settings menu item displays these controls:
To start, Vellum displays popular trim sizes at print-on-demand services:
Click to select a trim size, and Vellum will automatically update margins and font size for your book. In many cases, this is the only setting you’ll need to configure.
To choose from sizes beyond the most popular ones, click the More Options button. You’ll be presented with the full set of trim sizes available in Vellum:
By default, Vellum displays trim sizes and margins using inches. To see dimensions in centimeters, click the cm button at the top of the window:
You can control your book’s margins in two ways:
- Inside Margin
- The amount of space closest to your book’s binding
- Outside Margin
- Space on the opposite side, at the edge of the page
You’ll find controls for these two margin values in Print Settings:
Your book’s Inside Margin should be large enough that text closest to the spine remains visible. A book with more pages will typically require a larger Inside Margin.
At a minimum, this should meet KDP requirements for margins, but we recommend values be a bit larger. The default of 0.875 inches works for most books created with Vellum.
Vellum will automatically set Outside Margin to a value recommended for your chosen trim size. To provide your own value, press the Customize button found to the right of the AUTO indicator.
To return to Vellum’s automatic value, press the Reset button.
Note: Outside Margin will reset to an automatic value any time you change trim size.
At the bottom of the Print Settings window are additional print settings. Use the popup menu to navigate among them:
When you select a trim size, Vellum automatically configures the font size and line spacing for your book. You can use Text Adjustment controls to make minor adjustments.
These controls will reset to the recommended value (in the middle) whenever you change trim size.
Note: Vellum automatically sets a font size that considers your selected trim size and compensates for inconsistencies across available font families. For this reason, a numerical font size is not shown here.
Vellum will ensure the First chapter begins on the right-hand side (or recto) of your book. Change this setting if you’d like Vellum to do the same for Every chapter.
Most English-language books begin numbering pages at the First Chapter (or Prologue if there is one). If an element like an Introduction comes before this, its pages will use Roman numerals (i, ii, iii).
Books in other languages sometimes start numbering with the Initial Page of the book. Select this option to number accordingly.
Choose whether images in your print edition should be in Black & White or in Color.
Printing a book in color will also require selecting options at your chosen print-on-demand service. Color printing will typically increase printing costs (sometimes substantially).
As you alter values in Print Settings, Vellum will calculate and display the total page count for your book in the lower left corner: